Watchdog reports 44 breaches of truce in Syria

Syrian Network for Human Rights reports 44 breaches of cessation of hostilities in Syria

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Syrian airstrike on city of Anadan in northwest Syria, near Nubul and Zahraa, norther Aleppo, Feb 3, 2016.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) issued its third report regarding the cessation of hostilities as they recorded 44 breaches, 27 of which were by combat and 17 breaches by regime forces arrests.The watchdog said toxic gases were used in attacks after the agreement. 

According to the report, regime forces committed 20 breaches by combat while suspected Russian forces committed 6 breaches.

Moreover the SNHR said Kurd Self-management forces committed a breach, making the overall number of breaches committed 79 since the beginning of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

The agreement was brokered last week by the US and Russia, and came into effect in February 27 and it is supposed to last for two weeks.

The death of 13 civilians were documented by the group including 3 children and 2 women.

The Syrian regime has already violated several resolutions of the UNSC issued since the war started in 2011.

Fadel Abdul Ghani, head of SNHR, said, “The international community, represented by the UNSC, knows exactly what it should do to end this circle of violence, however, it resorts to unproductive solutions. The report stated that Syrians need a political transition that would transform the ruling to a democratic one. After Geneva 1, it was clear that the bloodshed is not going to end and state administrations will be doomed to failure.”

The report of the SNHR stated that there were 4 breaches in each of the Homs and Damascus cities, 5 in each of Idlib and Hama, 2 in Lattakia by regime forces, while the suspected Russian forces committed 5 breaches in Hama and one breach in Aleppo, the report recorded one breach in Aleppo by Kurd Self-management forces.

While the regime forces breaches by arrests spread to: 4 breaches in Damascus, 3 in each of Lattakia, Damascus suburbs, and Aleppo, and 2 in each of Homs and Hama.

Meanwhile, the UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura announced the resuming of peace talks between the warring parties in Syria in March, 7.

"Let's pray that this works because frankly this is the best opportunity we can imagine the Syrian people has had for the last five years in order to see something better and hopefully something related to peace," UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said at a news conference in Geneva.

"I think that the feeling that we have today is that the situation is very different but of course every day has to be monitored," he said.

Syria is currently in a full blown civil war between five main factions - the regime, the opposition, Al Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front, DAESH, and the YPG militants.

According to recent estimates from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the war in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 470,000 people.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has reported that more than 180,000 civilians have died from the start of the war till January 31 this year.

About 5 million others took refuge in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt, with Turkey hosting the largest number with almost 2.7 million.

Thousands are still pushing towards European countries which has caused a crisis for the continent.

TRTWorld and agencies